Complementary and Integrative Medicine at Mayo Clinic

Ran Pang, Shihan Wang, Lin Tian, Mark C. Lee, Alexander Do, Susanne M. Cutshall, Guangxi Li, Brent A Bauer, Barbara S. Thomley, Tony Y. Chon

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Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has gained acceptance throughout the industrialized world. The present study was performed to provide information about the use of CAM at Mayo Clinic, an academic medical center in Northern Midwest of the US. We retrospectively reviewed the electronic medical records of 2680 patients visiting the CAM program at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, between 1 July 2006 and 31 March 2011. Services provided included acupuncture, massage, integrative medical consultations and executive stress management training. Data including age, gender, race, diagnosis and the number of treatment/consultation sessions were collected to describe the use of CAM in our institute over the last several years. It was found that the mean (standard deviation) age of patient was 52.6 (15.5) years. Of those, 73.1% were female and 26.9% were male. Most patients were white. The number of patients referred to CAM increased significantly from 2007 to 2010. The three most common diagnostic categories were back pain (12.9%), psychological disorders (11.8%), and joint pain (9.6%). Back pain was the most common diagnosis for patients receiving acupuncture, and fibromyalgia was the most common for patients receiving massage therapy. Psychological disorders (i.e., stress) were the major diagnosis referred to both integrative medical consults and executive stress management training. These results suggest that the diseases related to pain and psychological disorders are the main fields of CAM use. It also shows the increasing trend of the use of CAM at an academic medical center in the US.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1503-1513
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Chinese Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • Acupuncture
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Pain
  • Psychological Disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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